Module Catalogue 2022/23

MAR8141 : Introduction to Offshore, Subsea and Pipeline Engineering

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Zhiqiang Hu
  • Lecturer: Dr Sharon Velasquez Orta, Professor Stuart Edwards, Dr Yongchang Pu, Dr Narakorn Srinil, Dr Cees van der Land
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
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Co Requisites
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A1: To introduce the fundamentals of offshore engineering, subsea engineering and pipeline engineering.
A2: To introduce offshore, subsea and pipeline systems, including exploration, production, development, design, commissioning.
A3: To introduce the economic requirements, safety and environmental issues.
A4: To provide the latest engineering knowledge in the context of offshore survey and the hydrocarbon production chain.

Outline Of Syllabus

1. Offshore oil and gas development.

2. Offshore survey: principles and technologies of offshore survey.

3. Potential flow theory and overview of ocean environmental conditions.

4. Reservoir geochemistry and chemical processing.

5. Fundamentals of pipelines.

6. Drilling Engineering.

7. Subsea structures, installation and field architecture.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

IKO1: The key players and their roles in the offshore, subsea and pipeline (OSP) industry;
IKO2: Know the key process of offshore oil and gas production;
IKO3: Understanding of the basic hydrodynamic and structural knowledge and principles in this field;
IKO4: The main components of OSP field architecture and facilities;
IKO5: The fundamental processes and regulations about design, installation, operation, control and maintenance of OSP facilities;
IKO6: The future development of the OSP industry.

Intended Skill Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will develop the following subject specific and intellectual skills:

ISO1: Identification of key issues and principles of offshore, subsea and pipeline engineering;
ISO2: Integration and evaluation of information and data from a variety of sources and within a variety of scientific and engineering disciplines;
ISO3: Capability and skills of design and investigation for an OSP structure, select design parameters and critically assess a construction programme.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials121:0012:00Online teaching materials including recorded lectures, complementary materials, notes and quizzes.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion113:0013:00Examination Revision
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading118:0018:00Assessment preparation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching62:0012:00Present-in-Person lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching21:002:00Present-in-Person tutorial
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork18:008:00Technical visit to offshore industry.
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity11:001:00One taken home assignment
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study132:3032:30Independent study on lecture materials and general reading
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
MAR8091Fundamentals of Offshore, Subsea and Pipeline Engineering
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The use of small group teaching and the provision of lecture material as the principle teaching method is an effective means to provide students with the acquisition of the sizeable and detailed knowledge base and facilitate the understanding of the module material. Tutorials allow in person interaction, reinforcing knowledge and providing feedback.
Alternatives will be offered to students unable to be present-in-person due to the prevailing C-19 circumstances.
Students should consult their timetable for up-to-date delivery information.

Should the public health situation require it, the present-in-person teaching activities?will be replaced by a mix of synchronous and asynchronous online sessions.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901M1001.5-hours exam at the end of the block-teaching week in S1
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MOne taken home assignment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination allows students an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and the possession of subject specific insights.

Should the public health situation require it, the planned examination scheduled to be completed present-in-person will be replaced by an open book, online examination to be completed within a defined 24 hour period.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2022/23 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2023/24 entry will be published here in early-April 2023. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.